A highlight of the Dinner is the recognition of individuals who have contributed locally and globally in a way that is consistent with Dr. Starks’ legacy. MTS proudly recognizes an African-American alumnus/na with the Outstanding African-American Alumni Award. Award recipients demonstrate a thirst for theological education, a passion for ministry, and a commitment to community service. The prestigious Henry Logan Starks Distinguished Service Award is presented to a leader whose extraordinary service has had a major impact in the community and whose life exemplifies the vibrant leadership, courage, and integrity exhibited by Dr. Starks. The President’s Humanitarian Award salutes an individual who embodies the spirit of Memphis Theological Seminary, which is ecumenical and diverse. The recipient demonstrates a gift for exceeding boundaries through a pursuit of excellence in their chosen life path, a demonstration of faith, compassion, peace, and justice to all humankind.